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17 to race in Los Alamitos Claiming Futurity trials

May 25, 2012     E-mail this page to a friend!

Knows Best breaks his maiden in his first start, in the first race at Los Alamitos on April 28, 2012
(photo by Scott Martinez, courtesy of Los Alamitos Race Course)
The area near the claiming box figures to be a popular spot after the seventh and eighth races on Sunday at Los Alamitos Race Course. The two races make up the heats to the $56,000 Los Alamitos Claiming Futurity and if past trials are an indication, there will be some shaking going on after these two events.

The 350-yard trials will be contested as claiming events and every 2-year-old entered can be claimed for a price of $12,500. In 2011, seven of the 17 trial participants were claimed. Twelve horses were claimed during the trials to the inaugural Claiming Futurity in 2010.

This year’s trials will feature a total of 17 participants that will include three maiden winners. All three will be in action in the eighth race headed by Knows Best, bred and owned by the late Kim Kessinger. The Snowbound gelding won his racing debut by ¾ lengths while facing $12,500 maiden claimers. Jose Flores will saddle Knows Best, who will be ridden by Cruz Mendez. S.A.M. Ranch LLC’s Barrel Babe and Headlining will also see action in trial number eighth after breaking their maidens against $6,250 maiden claimers. Sergio Sanchez will saddle both of the S.A.M Ranch-owned horses.

The first trial will feature Ed Allred’s Loyal Bruce, a Separatist gelding who is a full brother to the multiple stakes winner Materialist. Loyal Bruce ran fourth in a maiden race against talented runners Kat Quick and One Dashing Eagle. IBA Dream Away, who had a troubled start when facing the talented Cartel Karma in a maiden event, looks like a top contender in this race for owner/trainer Paul Jones. The horses with the 10 fastest times in the final will move on to the Claiming Futurity on Saturday, June 16.